Hegel, Hegel's Science of Logic , trans. Cambridge University Press, , pp. Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. The rational project underlying the city of New York is obscured by its progressive deterioration. Evelyn has no point of reference for New York.
The sun beat down on that rotten meat, as if to be sure it was well done, and to render unto Mother Nature a hundredfold all she had joined together. And the sky watched that superb carcass blossom like a flower, the stench so strong you thought you might fall in a faint on the grass. In both cases, animals feed off of human remains — whether it be flesh or refuse — in a grotesque display of carnivorism. Chromatically, New York exhibits the colours of decay: Evelyn comes to the realization that: Carter makes no direct citation or reference, only allusion. However, the reappearance of the city as seen by Baudelaire as a place of chaos and decrepitude cannot be cast off as mere coincidence.
This term has no exact translation in English — stroller or ambler providing only approximations of its meaning. Along the old outskirts of town, where Venetian blinds in hovel hide secret lecheries, when the cruel sun strikes with redoubled ray town and country, rooftop and wheatfield, I go to practice by myself my whimsical swordsmanship, sniffing at any corner for chance rhymes, tripping over words like curbs, bumping sometimes into lines long sought in dreams It is not given to everyone to blend into the multitude: Unemployed, Evelyn certainly is, but male — not for long. From the very first pages of the novel, Carter presents Evelyn as a wanderer.
He moves from London to New York. Despite all the upheaval happening around him, he is not a participant, he is merely an observer, dependent on his sense of sight and his sense of hearing: Evelyn also gathers information by hearsay: Evelyn reinforces the divide between himself and his fellow city-dwellers, becoming suspicious of others: Try as he might to escape the city and, as seen above, the evil it embodies, he cannot.
Likewise, in The Passion of New Eve , Evelyn discovers in the cityscape a reflection of his own psyche. Evelyn plans to flee crumbling New York, to a thought-to-be uninhabited part of the world: I would go to the desert, to the waste heart of that vast country, the desert on which they turned their backs for fear it would remind them of emptiness — the desert, the arid zone, there to find, chimera of chimeras, there in the ocean of sand, among the bleached rocks of the untenanted part of the world, I thought I might find that most elusive of all chimeras, myself p.
The desert is no escape: The desert is a feminine space for Carter, ruled by a tribe of women and created in opposition to the decaying city. It is in the desert that we meet a third Baudelairean figure, that of the dandy. According to Baudelaire, the dandy is a creature who emerges in periods of transition, his own era marked by the transformation of the city into a modern, industrial one.
The dandy rejects work and condemns the production of anything but his own carefully tended self. The dandy is an actor, possessing rigorous self-discipline and absolute self-control. He must live and sleep in front of a mirror. The dandy, narcissistic and vulnerable asks only: Woman is the opposite of the Dandy. Therefore she should inspire horror. She is in rut and she wants to get laid. Woman is natural, that is to say abominable. As an actress, she indulges in a performance of highly stylized, painstakingly constructed selfhood.
She corresponds to the aspect of dandyism that is utter theatrical construct, existing only in the eyes of the public and not beyond. Before his transformation, Evelyn grapples to define the actress: Tristessa is a creature of theatre, disguise, and rerouted sexuality — we in fact discover later that she is a man. Like that of the dandy, her biological nature, that is to say, her virility, remains indecipherable to her audience, concealed by careful arrangement of makeup and dress.
Garelick, in her study on the encounter between the decadent dandy and the female performer, defines the Decadent era as a crucial moment in the evolution of the phenomenon of the dandy. Tristessa exaggerates all aspects of the dandy: Tristessa, as a man, goes beyond the general confines of dandyism, the absolute limit being androgyny, into producing a fully-fledged appearance of womanhood. Each intertextual reference makes room for an alternative. She produces an alternate reading of a canonical poet reworking to different degrees the key notions that define Baudelaire: In order for her to deflate the canon, she must also reproduce elements of it, thus proliferating the source.
Through the process of re-contextualization, Carter calls into question those values that have come to be associated with certain texts and their authors, values that she, in turn, is continually both haunted by and obsessed with in her own texts. Le Spleen de Paris. Le peintre de la vie moderne .
Little poems in prose. Translated by Keith Waldrop. The Flowers of Evil. The kind of masculinity Baudelaire observes in the poem is merely the shadow of patriarchal authority, yet the old men certainly ironize the manner by which such authority reproduces itself largely, as Freud will put it fifty years later, through taboo, prohibition, and the law.
Notably, the poem does not deal with femininity, but only the denigration of Oedipal masculinity. In these essays and fragments contrary to what a reader might infer prostitution becomes anything but a personal issue for Baudelaire, and transforms instead into a vehicle for theoretical contemplations of the gendered individual and the social world. Cornell University Press,. Introduction to Beas Stories? Diet Guide! Starkie rev. Sartre , repr. Ruff Baudelaire, Charles Pierre —67 French poet and critic.
His collection of poems, Les Fleurs du Mal , represents one of the highest achievements of 19th century French poetry. Baudelaire explores the poetic theory of correspondences scent, sound, and colour , and the aesthetic creed of the inseparability of beauty and corruption. The poems were condemned by the censor, and six of them were subsequently suppressed. Charles Baudelaire is one of the most compelling poets of the nineteenth century. While Baudelaire's contemporary Victor Hugo is generally acknowledged as the greatest of nineteenth-century French novelists, Baudelaire excels in his expression of modern themes within structures of technical artistry.
Baudelaire is distinctive in French literature also in that his skills as a prose writer virtually equal his ability as a poet. His body of work includes a novella, influential translations of the American writer Edgar Allan Poe , highly perceptive criticism of contemporary art, provocative journal entries, and critical essays on a variety of subjects.
Baudelaire's work has had a tremendous influence on modernism, and his relatively slim production of poetry in particular has had a significant impact on later poets. His father's death led to a period of very close intimacy with his mother, for whom the boy felt a deep love. Her remarriage near the end of the following year to the handsome officer Jacques Aupick might have seemed to her son a cruel betrayal. It is understandable that Baudelaire might have been jealous of his mother's new husband, because he was deeply attached to his mother.
Their close relationship was of enduring significance. Much of what is known of his later life comes from his extended correspondence with her. Financial constraint, alienation, and complex emotions defined Baudelaire's life. It is against this backdrop of complicated family relations that some of the best poetry in the French language was written. He had not yet received his baccalaureate degree, but he managed to obtain it later that year.
He registered for legal studies in Paris. For a time he led a dissipated, bohemian existence in the Latin Quarter, where he probably contracted syphilis, which later caused his death. His ship sailed from Bordeaux but was damaged in a storm. Baudelaire apparently went no farther than the island of Mauritius, to the east of Madagascar.
He returned home, however, with unforgettable memories of exotic lands and seas. When he was twenty-one, Baudelaire inherited a modest fortune from his father's estate, but his extravagance soon led to the appointment of a legal guardian whose conscientious control of his finances drove the poet nearly to despair. A long affair with a multiracial woman who called herself Jeanne Duval added to his suffering, although she seems to have been the person, along with his mother, whom Baudelaire loved most in life.
The Revolution of The France of Baudelaire's time was a country of near-constant political unease. Though the French Revolution in had been fought to improve the lives of the lower classes, by the s the. Opposition to this form of government built, especially as unemployment and economic hardship worsened. This resulted in a relatively bloodless revolution that led to the formation of a new provisional government advocating citizens' rights to work and to vote. Baudelaire, like many writers and artists of the time, supported the revolution and its ideals.
Flowers of Evil Les Fleurs du mal appeared at the end of June It is considered his greatest work and is the work for which Baudelaire was tried for offenses against religion and public decency. He was found guilty of the second charge and sentenced to pay a fine of three hundred francs and to remove six poems from his collection.
Baudelaire's writings on wine, opium, and hashish mirror his concerns as artist and moralist. He suffered further terrifying attacks of illness.
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In the midst of all this unhappiness he learned that Jeanne Duval might be going blind. He died in his mother's arms on August 31, , and was buried two days later in the family vault in Montparnasse Cemetery, where a somber monument was unveiled to his memory in The volume's fifty examples of this genre depict mostly a world of lonely people: old women, artists, children, workmen, crowds, widows, clowns, cold and perverted lovers—the poor and cynical and bored men and women of the great city.
Edgar Allan Poe — : Well known today for his macabre mystery stories and gothic poetry, Poe is also generally considered the father of detective fiction and a major contributor to the birth of science fiction. His reign would last until , when defeat in the Franco-Prussian War would bring an end to the last French monarchy. Baudelaire's imagination and moral nature were deeply rooted in his Catholic background, and although his gloomy conception of humanity doomed by original sin is not alleviated by any assurance of salvation, it is important to recognize that Baudelaire does keep for man's spiritual nature a dimension of eternity.
While greatly influenced by the aesthetic concepts of romanticism, Baudelaire also recalls significant elements in the great neoclassic writings of the seventeenth century in his concern with the moral, psychological, and religious aspects of man's nature, in his relatively small vocabulary, and in his powerfully compressed expression.
Modern Subject Matter It is in his subject matter and the range of his sensibility that Baudelaire seems most modern. The clock is seen as a sinister god, terrifying and impassive, and time is ultimately the victor over man. When Les Fleurs du mal was first published, reviewers were frightened away from offering positive reviews.
Poetry is seldom an easy article to market, especially poetry like his, and now publishers had a sound excuse for turning down his manuscripts. Not until twenty or thirty years later did the stigma prove negotiable. It has paid off pretty well since; Les Fleurs du mal have always smelled of forbidden fruit. The second edition of the book, in , is the one on which Baudelaire's considerable reputation is built—the six poems deemed to be indecent were removed, and roughly a hundred new poems were added.
Baudelaire was considered a breakthrough poet, at least by other poets. His reputation was discussed, but his works were not widely available until after , when the copyright ran out and his works fell into public domain.
Baudelaire was a powerful influence on the French symbolists, who gained international acclaim in the late s. He was also a strong influence on T. Eliot, whose artistic theories were central to the development of the Modernism movement from the s forward. Les Fleurs du mal provoked a scandal when it was published, but it has since been hailed as a classic.
Other works whose reputation has shifted in the same way include:. Madame Bovary , a novel by Gustave Flaubert. This novel, now considered one of the greatest works of literature ever written, was initially at the center of an obscenity trial. Flaubert expressed sympathy for Baudelaire when he came under fire for his work not long after. Ulysses , a novel by James Joyce. Irish novelist Joyce's modernist masterpiece was deemed pornographic in the United States , and its publication in America was banned until Tropic of Cancer , a novel by Henry Miller.
Miller's semiautobiographical novel, published in Paris, was still controversial enough to earn him an obscenity trial when the first American edition of the book was published in Howl and Other Poems , a poetry collection by Allen Ginsberg. American Beat poet Ginsberg was launched into stardom when he was put on trial for obscenity after the publication of this book. Contemporary critics are able to see the influence that Baudelaire's poetry has exerted on the literary world.
Benjamin, Walter. Bennett, Joseph D. Baudelaire: A Criticism. Princeton, N. Gilman, Margaret. Baudelaire the Critic. New York : Columbia University Press, Charles-Pierre Baudelaire — was perhaps the greatest French poet of the nineteenth century. He is most famous for a volume of poetry, Les fleurs du mal Flowers of evil , published in , which was prosecuted for blasphemy as well as obscenity.
Baudelaire was also an important art critic and translator. He appears in an encyclopedia of fashion because he proved to be an influential theorist of fashion and dandyism. In his youth, Baudelaire devoted considerable time and money to his appearance. At a time when the masculine wardrobe was becoming ever more sober, he adopted an austere form of dandyism that was neither foppish nor bohemian.
Whereas many of his contemporaries deplored the trend toward dark, severe clothing for men, he embraced and even exaggerated the style by wearing all-black clothing. But dandyism involved more than clothing for Baudelaire; he would certainly not have agreed with Thomas Carlyle 's definition of the dandy as "a clothes-wearing man. What is the Dandy? The modernity of dandyism is central to Baudelaire's analysis.
Dandyism, he wrote, "is a modern thing, resulting from causes entirely new. He described contemporary middle-class masculine attire as "a uniform livery of affliction [that] bears witness to equality. In place of the equality which modern men's uniform attire seemed to proclaim, Baudelaire suggested that dandyism announced a new type of intellectual elitism. Dandyism is the last spark of heroism amid decadence. The Baudelairean dandy was not just a wealthy man who wore fashionable and expensive dark suits.
Furthermore, to his eyes, which are in love with distinction above all things, the perfection of his toilet will consist in absolute simplicity. If modern men's clothing—and still more so the clothing of the dandy—was characterized by simplicity, the same could not be said of nineteenth-century women's fashion, which was highly complicated and decorative.
It was only in the twentieth century that such women as Coco Chanel created a radically simplified style of female fashion epitomized by the little black dress. Indeed, it could be said that Chanel was one of the first female dandies. Yet Baudelaire's attitudes toward women are problematic for modern feminists. Putting aside his ambivalence towards women, Baudelaire analyzed fashion in ways that illuminate both modern life and modern art. For Baudelaire, fashion was the key to modernity, and one simply could not paint modern individuals if one did not understand their dress.
Baudelaire argued that it was simply "laziness" that led so many artists to "dress all their subjects in the garments of the past. Finally, the gesture and bearing of the woman of today gives her dress a life and a special character which are not those of the woman of the past. According to Baudelaire, there were two aspects to beauty—the eternal and the ephemeral. The fact that fashion was so transitory, constantly changing into something new, made it the hallmark of modernity.
The modern artist, whether painter or poet, had to be able "to distill the eternal from the transitory. Indeed, it is virtually impossible to imagine the modern study of fashion without taking account of Baudelaire's contribution. Baudelaire, Charles.
Edited and translated by Jonathan Mayne. London: Phaidon Press Ltd.
Steele, Valerie. Paris Fashion: A Cultural History. New Haven , Conn. Charles Baudelaire 's short life spanned only the middle decades of the nineteenth century. Born in Paris on 9 April , he was five years old when his father died and not yet seven when his mother was remarried to Jacques Aupick, a military officer who eventually became a general, an ambassador, and a senator. Having envisioned a diplomatic career for his stepson, Aupick opposed Baudelaire's vocation for literature and put a stop to his bohemian student years by sending him on a voyage to India in But Baudelaire so resented this exile from Paris that he interrupted the trip at the island of Reunion and returned home several months earlier than planned.
Upon inheriting his father's fortune in , Baudelaire plunged into an extravagant life as a dandy among artists and writers until his mother, appalled to find nearly half his inheritance spent in just two. Baudelaire remained under this humiliating guardianship for the rest of his life, perennially unable to live within his means and given to begging frequent loans from his mother.
His health progressively deteriorated, undermined throughout the s by the syphilis he had contracted in as well as by his use of alcohol and laudanum.